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Wirelessly Beaming Content to Your TV: Coolest Feature of Android 4.2?

Authored by: Michael Maier — Oct 30, 2012

Although it only looks like a small jump on paper, the update from Android 4.1 to Android 4.2 brings a number of great and useful features to the mix: a Swype-able keyboard, a completely redesigned camera interface, and support for multiple users. But, for me, the highlight of Android 4.2 is the new Miracast wireless mirroring service.

On Android 4.2, you can now transfer content wirelessly from your smartphone to your TV. Not just movies and pictures; you could actually display the game you're playing on the big screen. just imagine: everything from your screenshots to your browser to Wind Up Knight could be beamed to a flat screen TV. All you need is a wireless adapter, which you can easily purchase from sites like this one. Just plug the adapter into your TV and you're good to go.

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Miracast is the standard service used by many manufacturers – including Nvidia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm. All TVs from LG in 2013 will feature native Miracast support. But it's not a brand new technology. Samsung features something similar in their current crop of Android phones, while Apple has AirPlay. But with support in Android 4.2, Miracast will get the push it needs to go bigger.

What do you think? Do you find this feature as awesome as I do?


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  • Mike Chapman Nov 1, 2012 Link to comment

    I love the feature!!! I have the Sprint Evo 4G LTE and also bought the HTC Media Link HD. No doubt I will buy the adaptor though and sell my Media Link, so I can use just one device to stream movies and games from my Evo LTE AND my Asus Infinity(TF700)!!! I can't wait for 4.2!! I know Asus will update the Infinity as Asus is always one of the first manufacturers to do so. I'm sure HTC and Sprint will as well, as this is one of Sprint's few high end devices. Even if neither did(which is highly unlikely), I'll be running a custom ROM anyways, and they will have 4.2!!

    • Dan Stepner Jun 27, 2014 Link to comment

      Mike. I also have the Spring Evo 4G LTE, but can't figure out how to turn on the mirroring function. Can you explain this to me?

  • Jack Strauss Oct 31, 2012 Link to comment

    Until TVs embed this or these devices come down to the $25 price point, I don't see this taking off. There is no way I'm spending $75 just to mirror my tablet to the TV.

  • jose c Oct 30, 2012 Link to comment

    It's an awesome feature but I already use media server app to stream anything from my nexus 7 and s3 to my ps3 wirelessly